It was speculated that Google Pixel smartphones bought from Verizon wouldn’t receive security and software updates at the same time as units bought directly from Google – which is instantly, the moment they are ready.
This doesn’t appear to be the real case, though, as Verizon has confirmed that its customers will get updates at the same time as unlocked users. According to the carrier, all operating system and security updates to Pixel devices happen in partnership with Google, and Verizon won’t stand in the way of the delivery of any major updates.
Moreover, the carrier version of the Google Pixel is unlocked as well, has only three Verizon apps pre-installed, and all of them are removable. This puts to rest expectations that updates to the Verizon version of the Pixel and Pixel XL will be typically slow due to the time-consuming carrier approval process.
Obviously, Verizon has listened to customers’ wishes and its partnership with Google ensures that Pixel smartphones will be presented as closely to their original intent and purpose as possible. That’s good news for anyone planning to pick up the Pixel or Pixel XL from the carrier, rather than getting it from Google or another retailer.
via Ars Technica